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Thirsty Cactus Juice

SaltRock_Pine-Apple Juice (1280x960)As summer comes on full blast, at we’re always looking for thirst-quenching, non-alcoholic drinks to cool the heat. RFT Contributor, Elizabeth Rose, who previously hailed from the Southwest, convinced Executive Chef Massimo De Francesca of Salt Rock Kitchen in Sedona, Arizona, to share his refreshing Thirsty Cactus Juice recipe with us.

Ed Note: This recipe calls for napoles, or cactus leaves, which you can find in the Hispanic section of grocery stores or in Hispanic specialty stores.

Chef Massimo De Francis whipped up this thirst-quenching cactus juice cooler.

Chef Massimo De Francis whipped up this thirst-quenching cactus juice cooler.

Recipe courtesy Executive Chef Massimo De Francesca

Yield: 4 cups

• 2 leaves or 8oz of Nopales cactus leaves, cleaned (canned ok)

• 2 cups of fresh baby spinach

• 2 fresh oranges, peeled

• 1 pint of fresh strawberries

• ½ cup filtered water

Next time you're in Sedona, check out Salt Rock Kitchen's kitchy dining room.

Next time you’re in Sedona, check out Salt Rock Kitchen’s kitchy dining room.

Wash all ingredients and dry. Place all ingredients in a high speed blender, such as a Vitamix or Nutra Ninja blender. Begin on a low speed, slowly increase and then blend on high speed for 1 minute.

Place the strainer over the container and pour the juice. With the ladle, press the juice through the strainer. Chill and enjoy!
Juice will keep in refrigerator for three days.

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Elizabeth Rose

Elizabeth Rose, based in the Portland, Oregon area, travels throughout the West and beyond writing about destinations, services, accommodations, events and restaurants. As an expert in cultural tourism, her writing reflects that passion.She has won awards for her photography and accompanies her articles with her own images. She also provides photos for magazine covers, web sites and magazine articles (both print and Internet). Examples can be seen on Fine Art America.When not out exploring, she can be seen at Vancouver, Washington dog parks with Cinnamon the Blogging Coonhound.